The first version is Jadeite the second is Nephrite.Both have a similar chemical composition with a few differences which are other densities and nephrite has rather dull and less intense colors and textures. That makes it overall not so interesting but less costly.
Lavender, green and white, which is free of impurities are most popular, red contains iron, green has chromium traces, black the same plus iron, yellow contains tantalum, purple chromium, iron and cobalt. The most valuable is "Imperial green" with a high level of translucency.
|Raw green white and lavender jadeite jade|
The growing demand from China brings a continuous raise in prices. Since there is no real standard certification, such as with diamonds, the pricing is very volatile since everyone can interpret certain values into it.
|Here is nephrite|
On top of it certain people are cheating, as usual, by manipulation colors and translucency, this is done with high pressure and chemicals. Acid is used to bleach, resin and high pressure to fill cracks, somehow similar as they do with rubies. There is plenty of manipulation going on since the buyer usually is not aware of it. The problem come about 3 years later when the pretty thing deteriorates.
|Green Buddha Statue|
Popular creations made from the precious stones are Buddha statues. This is one of the oldest every day used materials by man. Tools have been made from, weapons such battle axes, arrow and lance tops, read more.
It was also used for ritual purposes and has some health properties when ground mixed with water and taken as a drink, people say this is good for kidneys.
|Jade rings old style|
Jade rings are attractive and visible jewelry, often people wear them not only as a precious decorative item but they interpret some mystic, health and protective property into it.
This is rather superstition but people believe it, they mainly come with white gold and silver because the "cool" shades fits best. The picture shows cabochons naturally there are other forms. Interestingly a rather baroque design is the normality, modern forms are not many. Anyway this are beautiful and valuable items, read more. read more.
Natural is what the people want not tainted, just plain.
With pretty saturated colors and a high level of translucency. The market penetration of the high end material becomes higher as Myanmar is opening up it's borders and more people travel and have a look around.
|Natural green jadeite|